Former diplomat killed by robbers in South Africa   2014-01-18 16:25:53            

JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- An ex-ambassador to Brazil was shot dead by burglars at his home in South Africa, police said on Saturday.

The 63-year-old former diplomat was killed after two armed robbers broke into his house in De Deur, south of Johannesburg, in the early hours of Friday, police said.

Being furious over their burgling, the ex-ambassador threw a stone at the robbers as they were leaving after looting a watch, an iPad, four mobile phones and 950 rands (about 90 U.S. dollars), according to police.

"One of them turned around, and cruelly shot him once in the chest. He died on the scene," said police.

Police had launched a manhunt for the two suspects. "They would be charged with the counts of robbery and murder," said police.

Though police have intensified their efforts to crack down on crimes, robbery remains quite rampant in South Africa.

As the economic capital of South Africa, Johannesburg has the ill name of "the crime capital of world" because of its much higher crime rate than any other city in the world.

In November 2013, a 31-year-old Chinese gem dealer was killed by robbers armed with AK-47 rifles after leaving a diamond center in the city.

Editor: chengyang
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